In this update:
Parks Forum Meeting Saturday 15th May
Our meeting next month will again be on zoom. Please let us know of any items you think we should include on the agenda. As before I will send out the zoom link shortly before the meeting.
Parks Foundation – The Big Give
I am very pleased to say that the Bristol & Bath Parks Foundation Big Give campaign made their target – they raised the full £2,500 in just 48 hours. In total, including match funds and gift aid, they raised a huge £5,639 during the week!
Thank you to everyone who donated.
This means that the Foundation will be able to launch the Love Your Park Community Fund. The aim is to start taking applications in July and make grant offers by the end of August.
The fund will be open to all park & community groups working in parks and the aim is to offer small grants through a very simple application process. The Parks Foundation will also aim to offer support if needed to help make projects happen.
This is a busy time for the Foundation with projects at College Green and Netham Park as well as at parks in Bath. Find out more at www.yourpark.org.uk
City Nature Challenge
The international City Nature Challenge starts tomorrow - Friday 30th April and runs through to Monday 3rd May 2021.
This is an important opportunity to show how important your park or green space is for nature.
Taking part is easy! Simply download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone or tablet and use it to upload photos of any wildlife you see from your windows, gardens and during your daily outdoor exercise.
You don’t have to be an expert, as the app will give you some handy suggestions of what it thinks you’ve seen, and you can join the iNaturalist online community to learn more about the wildlife around you. Best of all, the records you submit will help inform local and national conservation work!
Bristol Walk Fest 2021
The month-long Bristol Walk Fest returns this May with a ‘one stop shop’ website of walking in Bristol featuring an impressive variety of walking routes, groups, information and competitions.
This year, Bristol Walk Fest has adapted its programme of walks to make more available online and to download for free via the walking app Go Jauntly, encouraging Bristolians to get out safely with friends and family and reconnect with their city after lockdown and benefit from the improved physical and mental wellbeing that walking brings.
With nearly 100 walks showcasing the Best of Bristol for everyone to enjoy on their own or with others, there is something for all ages, interests and abilities across the city.
Bristol City Council is also marking the occasion with the launch of more than 60 curated Bristol walks on the Go Jauntly app. The council’s new partnership with the app will allow Bristolians to uncover walks and enjoy the outdoors from their doorstep, using a variety of routes that can be downloaded and previewed. Based on your location, simple photo guides lead you around urban areas and surrounding wildlife, from green spaces to historical sites to community gardens.
Some of the new walks available for 2021 include:
- A Black History Tour in Bristol - Discover some local black history on this wander through the Montpelier and St Pauls neighbourhoods in Bristol.
- Bristol Wanderlust Walk - A stroll through Bristol talking in some of the best instagrammable spots in the city. Great for getting that perfect travel shot!
- Bristol Street Art Tour - Explore some of the amazing, colourful street art of Bristol. Includes pieces by Banksy and many other well-known artists.
A full list can be found here
The new website also includes details on 35 of our fabulous and varied walking activity groups and organisations based in the city, personal walking challenge suggestions that can be done from your doorstep and a host of interesting features including Bristol’s Greenground Map and what walking has meant to Bristolians during the lockdowns.
You can keep up to date with all activity on their social media channels including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Download the Go Jauntly app for IOS here or for Android here.
Increased park use during lockdown
The ONS have published some really interesting data on park use.
How has lockdown changed our relationship with nature?
It brings together various sources of information – including NGOs OS, Google, Natural England.
There is also an interactive map of activity in parks/green spaces by local authority area for two time periods of 2020.
So you can call up Bristol (City of) to see our figures.
My Wild City – Dawn Chorus Walks
Weds 19th May - Northern Slopes
Mon 24th May – Stockwood Open Space
Tues 25th May – Dundridge Woodland
Experience the magic of a dawn chorus, yes it’s an early start, but it’s totally worth it!! Expert birder Matt Collis will be on hand to talk about the birds we hear singing and how to identify their song.
The events are free but space is limited, so booking is essential.
Book at https://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/mywildcity
Final Reminder - Please Check Your Group’s Listing
All groups that are formally members of the Parks Forum are listed on our website at www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/parks-forum-members/
The links take you to a pdf with brief details of the group and contact details, this was taken from your original membership form, with any updates that I have been asked to make since.
Please check that the information for your group is correct and let me know, either that it is OK or that it needs changing, especially if it hasn’t been changed recently.
Entries which have been updated / confirmed in the last five years now show the year of last update in the listing.
Entries that are over 5-years old where the details haven’t been confirmed, will be deleted if I don’t hear from the group by the end of the month.
Bristol Parks Forum
Due to the Coronavirus BPF normal meetings are cancelled until further notice but we are holding meetings by Zoom – provisional dates for the rest of 2021 are Saturdays 15th May & 16th October.